Adey’s Awesome Oolong | Veronica Darling
Fabric: vintage lawn/cotton, accidentally dyed, thrifted $1
Pattern: Oolong by Colette Patterns, $18 with 10% discount
Year: c. 2009
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: August 2011 to work
Wear again? Yes, it's a knockout!
Total Cost: ~$19 – YIKES
During the Colette Pattern Spring Palette Week, I bought Oolong after seeing Adey's version, mostly because of the magnificent fit and her marvelous fabric choice. Adey's fabric was so bright and colourful for springtime, and whilst I didn't have as many vibrant colours in my stash, I pulled out this minty green cotton because, guess what? There's a funny story behind it and it matches Adey's fruit salad colour palette!
What's so funny? It was originally white! I wash all my op shopped fabric before using it (you never know if the original owner washed it) and somehow it turned minty green, my bad! It originally came from my Ballarat op shop hop last year, and now I'll enjoy it as minty fresh instead of black & white. Dur! But I do really love how it's got a vintage-y Pebbles and Bam Bam look about it now!
It's seriously a gorgeous dress, and I didn't change anything size-wise, however next time I will leave a little more give in the armholes, as they're a snug fit (the only piece not cut on the bias) and didn't think my biceps were that muscley (AKA flabby tuckshop lady!)! My other little weird thing is that I'd forgotted how different a bias cut dress FEELS on, it's kinda weird how it moves. Or is that just me? But hey, no zipper or fastenings so it's a dream to sew & wear!
Oh, almost forgot! My 'key'! After gathering up the middle bust pieces I decided to add the 'key' piece over to make it a bit neater (my gathers weren't straight). I found this technique in my Vogue UFO dress and it's pretty much a rectangle, sewn up the long side (right sides together), turned right side out, ironed flat, and then wrapped around the gathered bust area. The key's rectangle short raw edges are sewn up when you attach the bodice to the skirt. EEP, hope that makes sense!
Thank you SO much for all your lovely well wishes after being so exhausted and flat chat last week, I'm still a little tired this week. When I started sewing, the weather was gorgeous and we were almost thinking it was an early spring for us! But by the time we take photos it was freezing again.
Hence my warm up dance: